MEET THE CLASS OF 2013… cont.

We’ve already introduced you to Whooping crane chicks 1-13, 2-13, 3-13 and 4-13. Next in the 2013 line-up is number 5-13.

Chick 5-13 hatched on 5/16 (see how easy it is to confuse all these numbers?), the same day as crane chick 4-13. This little fluffball is the offspring of adults 9-03* and 3-04 and was collected as an egg from the abandoned nest in early May. It is also a full sibling of chick number 2-13. We’re not going to tell them they were both abandoned as eggs…

Whooping crane chick

Whooping crane 5-13 hatched on May 16.

Next is chick number 6-13. This little bird hatched out a day after number 5-13, on May 17 and its parents (24-08* and 14-08) are also in the Eastern Migratory Population and likewise abandoned their nest in early May. Number 6-13 is currently questionable in terms of whether he/she will join the ultralight ranks. Soon after hatching a respiratory issue presented itself and soon after this a case of diarrhea developed.

By the middle of last week, we weren’t certain the chick would make it but he seemed to turn a corner on Thursday. Patuxent’s crane crew, including Dr. Olsen are keeping a close eye on him. Brooke reports the youngster is very eager and reacts well to the costume and the puppet… he just has breathing issues that they’re trying to get a handle on.

Whooping crane chick

Whooping crane 6-13 hatched on May 17.

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  1. Margie Tomlinson May 27, 2013 2:53 pm

    Oh aren’t you just the cutest thing #6-13! Looks like you’ve gone & got yourself a “Mohawk” haircut. You hang in there little buddy, and
    breathe, breathe! We all love all of you little newcomers to this bird crazy world. You will help us keep our sanity.

  2. Claire DeLand May 27, 2013 1:45 pm

    Sweetest and cutest little things ever!!! This is so exciting,

    My best thoughts and prayers are with number 6-13, and I can rest a bit easier knowing just whose hands the little precious is in . . . both human and divine,

    Thanks to ALL of you who are charged with his/her care and well-being.,

    Go, little Whooper fuzz ball!!! We’re rooting for you, I bet you turn out to have the best lungs and voice a burdy can have. We know, already, that you have “heart”!!!

  3. M L Walsh aka maxgreenwing May 27, 2013 9:22 am

    Are the nests being abandoned because of black flies?

  4. M L Walsh aka maxgreenwing May 27, 2013 9:21 am

    Oh those dang breathing issues. grrrr… Bless #6 little heart . These little orphans are looking just grand! Thank you Crane team. Great job.

  5. Patricia Ewing May 27, 2013 8:57 am

    Hope 6-13 will be ok and breathing issues with be resolved- he is in good hands……

  6. Janice May 27, 2013 8:45 am

    Such little cuties!!! Welcome to the world little birdies.

  7. Joey Urey-Kramer May 27, 2013 8:27 am

    awww if anyone can get 6-13 well you guys at Pax. can do it! Thank you for all your efforts.